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Marpesia petreus

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea

Familia: Nymphalidae
Subfamilia: Cyrestinae
Tribus: Cyrestini
Genus: Marpesia
Species: Marpesia petreus
Subspecies: M. p. damicorum – M. p. petreus – M. p. rheophila


Marpesia petreus (Cramer, 1776)

Type locality: Surinam


Papilio petreus Cramer, 1776


Cramer, 1776, Uitl. Kapellen 1 (8): 138


Listing of Mexican Butterflies. [[1]]

English: Ruddy Daggerwing

Marpesia petreus, the ruddy daggerwing, is a species of butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Brazil north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to southern Florida. Strays are found as far north as Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and southern Texas.[1]
Illustration accompanying the original description in Uitlandsche Kapellen D, E

The wingspan is 70–95 mm. It is found in many habitats such as tropical woodland and forests, hardwood hammocks, thickets, and subtropical swamps in Florida.[2]

The larvae feed on Ficus carica, Ficus pumila, and Ficus citrifolia. Adults feed on nectar from giant milkweed, Cordia, Casearia, Lantana, and Mikania.[2]

Opler, Paul A.; Harry Pavulaan; Ray E. Stanford; Michael Pogue; coordinators (2006). "Marpesia petreus". Big Sky Institute. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
"NatureServe Explorer 2.0". Retrieved 2022-02-20.

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